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First Things First

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I'm getting more done in less time, but where are the rich relationships, the inner peace, the balance, the confidence that I'm doing what matters most and doing it well?

Does this nagging question haunt you, even when you feel you are being your most efficient? If so, First Things First can help you understand why so often our first things aren't first. Rather than offeri
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 17th 1996 by Free Press (first published September 1st 1993)
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Another terrifically helpful book from the pen of Stephen Covey. I personally found especially useful the two-by-two matrix he discusses as a way to organize yourself. The four resulting quadrants include:

1. Important and Urgent
2. Important, Not Urgent
3. Urgent, Not Important
4. Not Urgent, Not Important

Simply put, most people spend far too much time in quadrants 3 & 4. We also spend too much time in quadrant 1, not that those issues are unimportant, but because we don't manage our prioriti
Nov 12, 2010 Hind rated it really liked it
"إدارة الأولويات .. الأهم أولاً" .. تجوب خلال صفحاته الخمسمائة .. يشحذ أفكارك ويملأ رأسك بإلهام طاغ .. يجعلك تؤمن بأنك قادر على بذل المزيد .. ليس في عملك الذي لا بد أنك تبذل فيه الكثير .. ولكن في بيتك .. .. كتاب يبحث عن السلام الداخلي والتوازن النفسي والعاطفي .. يساعدك على إيجاد البوصلة داخلك مهما كانت وجهتك. هذا الكتاب يدعو إلى الجيل الرابع من إدارة الوقت .. بعد أن أثبتت الأجيال السابقة قدرتها ضمن الأطر الزمنية المختلفة .. وفشلها في التكيف مع المتطلبات العصرية المرتبطة بتسارع الحركة على حساب ال ...more
Iman Fuad
Jul 08, 2012 Iman Fuad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
كم من الناس وصلوا إلى ماكانوا يصبوا إلية ؟! وهل بعد الوصول راحة وسعادة ؟! كيف نستطيع أن نجد أنفسنا كما نود في كــل أدوار الحياة من دون أن نـخل بأحدهـا؟
بعد أن قرأت هذا الكتاب الرائع الذي لم يحوي فقط على معلومات ونظريات وإنما على حلول يمكن تطبيقها على أرض الواقع أجبت على أسئلة كانت تدور بخلدي و أدركت أن أولى أولويات أي شخص أراد تحسين أدواره بالحياة أن يقرأ هذا الكتاب أولاً ...
Apr 17, 2008 Cam rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008
This book was a slow read for me, it was really hard for me to get into it, I especially had a hard time with all of the different "quadrants" of organization and such, I'm just not into that. Although, there were a lot of things that I did like about the book. One point brought up is that we use busy-ness as a way to validate ourselves and to feel important, and I think that's very true, and I am starting to realize that it really doesn't matter. I don't have to be involved in a million differe ...more
Loy Machedo
Apr 24, 2013 Loy Machedo rated it really liked it
Stephen Covey’s book First Things First is an elaborated section of the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. The book tends to focus on Human Habits through the guidance of a Compass rather than a Clock with its core principle of Quality versus Quantity.

The author helps people achieve habit by presenting the Four Quadrants:
Quadrant I – Urgent + Important
Quadrant II - Not Urgent But Important
Quadrant III – Urgent But Not Important
Quadrant IV - Not Urgent, Not Important

Covey recommends gradually
Jul 20, 2013 Sandra rated it it was amazing
I have this book so marked that I stopped marking it. I have the audio and the paper back. It's a book I reference to and read multiple times.

If you're looking for guidance on your day to day activities, if you're struggling with your priorities, Stephen Covey's philosophy on the compass vs the clock will sure help you.
Chad Warner
Jun 27, 2016 Chad Warner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
A thought-provoking model for living by principles rather than your to-do list. It challenges the way most Westerners structure their days and weeks, and shows how to replace your hectic, stressful schedule with a peaceful, fulfilling one. Unfortunately, it's much more verbose than necessary; it's repetitive, with lengthy examples.

Summary: Live a principle-centered life. Listen to your conscience (which acts as a compass to "true north" principles ultimately from God) and put first things first
على الإطلاق أفضل ما كتب في إدارة الوقت !

أحب أولئك الذين يكتبون بتفاني ، بثقة ، وبتواضع
ستيفن كوفي أحدهم

قبل أن يحدثك عن فلسفته الخاصة في وضع البوصلة أمام الساعة
يتكلم عن أربع أجيال لإدارة الوقت ، إيجابياتهم ، أخطائهم ، وسلبياتهم
وتأثير هذه الطرق

ففي المناهج التقليدية لإدارة الوقت تتحول الجودة الشاملة إلى مجرد " إنجاز الشهر!" بدلاً من تفجير الإبداع الحقيقي والتحول المستمر في الجودة !

ستيفن يعلمك كيف تجد الشمال الحقيقي وتتجه نحوه
يخبرك أن تتأكد قبل أن تصعد بسرعة أن السلم مسنود على الحائط الصحيح
Feb 07, 2008 Heidi rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
For me, this was a new way of looking at "a balanced life." Sometimes we focus so much on the urgent things, that we forget about the important things that aren't necessarily so urgent. Very insightful. It made me think that I need to focus left on getting things done, and more on getting the important things done!
طارق رشدى
May 26, 2014 طارق رشدى rated it really liked it
كتاب أقل ما يقال عنه أنه رائع
يوفر عليك قراءة الكثير من الكتب فى تنظيم الوقت
و ما يميز الكتاب أنه يتوجه بالكلام للأشخاص الذين لديهم نظام فى حياتهم بالفعل و لكن يخبرهم كيف يديروا حياتهم بأسلوب أفضل و يستغلوا أوقاتهم بصورة أكثر فعالية

Jul 16, 2013 Omar rated it it was amazing
I wrote this review when I read this book two years ago, and it's still up to now one of the book that influenced and affected my life the most:

First Things First is a self-help book written by Stephen Covey and Roger & Rebecca Merrill. The book aims to teach us how to put our first things first trough a time management system and defining the priorities in our lives. This excellent book had a real impact on my life, and I always recommend it to people who are willing to make their lives mor
عبدالمنعم الهوسة
عن كتاب الأشياء الأولى أولاً

هذا الكتاب يقدم منظور جديد وفكرة تستحق التطبيق في عالم الأهداف و تنظيم الوقت وجدولة المهام
"أن تحيا وتحب وتتعلم وتترك أثراً"

الكتاب يتكون من خمسة عشر فصلاً مقسمة على أربعة أقسام
يتحدث أن جعل ما يهمنا ونهتم به -من داخلنا وعميق قلوبنا - أن نجعله أولاً ..
أن تكون حياتنا منسجمة مع مانريده حقاً ..
أن نعتبر الحياة مغامرة جديدة لا مهام تنجز فقط ..

هذا الكتاب يريدنا أن نعيش في المربع الثاني ..
مربع (مهم وغير عاجل) التابع لمربع إدارة الاولويات

من أفكار الكتاب :
يقارن الكتاب بين أجيا
Hafsa Yusuf
Mar 19, 2014 Hafsa Yusuf rated it it was amazing
Shelves: أخرى
أفضل كتاب قرأته في الإدارة.
يساعد الإنسان على معرفة الأولويات في الحياة وفي حياته الشخصية حسب القيم وحسب الرغبات الحقيقية للإنسان نفسه. يساعد أن الإنسان في وضع رسالته في الحياة وأهدافه بطريقة صحيحة. كتاب مفيد أن يقرأه الإنسان من المرحلة الثانوية، ليبدأ حياته الجامعية وما بعدها وفق ما هو أهم وليس فقط مهم :)
May 26, 2007 Alex rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone, leaders, teachers
Shelves: h2w2-collection
Teaches you the art and craft of time management. Move away from reactive day to day to do list planning and gets you to view your time as the week proactively scheduling in your priorities with the compass card. The principle of the clock and the compass is right on.
Aug 20, 2008 Ladyjexie rated it really liked it
Taught me about keeping the first things, the most important things, first.

To keep most of my time on what is important and not urgent. Preparation, prevention, planning, and relationships.

To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy
Jun 14, 2007 BeerDiablo rated it liked it
Shelves: improvement
Not as big a jump for me personally, as this book is a bit of a refried 7 Habits. There are some decent tips/pointers.

I recommend skimming this one rather than intently reading it.
Feb 06, 2009 Jeremy rated it it was amazing
Talks about how people are most important
May 14, 2015 Shawndra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shawndra by: NAPO Virtual Chapter Book Club
Don’t buy the Kindle version but DO READ the book.

This Kindle version is frustrating, disappointing and missing important content. It may say it has new technology and audio/visual but I found no links or content to it. They had some colored infographs but all the diagrams, worksheets and charts they mention are not available anywhere in this version. The format they used for the Kindle must have been previously used for a print book as numerous word breaks are found throughout the Kindle versio
Kelly  Schuknecht
Mar 17, 2015 Kelly Schuknecht rated it it was ok
Shelves: business
I couldn't help thinking most of the time while I was reading this book that it's kind of like a diet book: "All other diets are useless...This isn't a diet, it's a revolutionary new way to approach eating...Do what we say in this book and your life will be transformed forever...blah, blah." When the bottom line is really: Think about what you're eating and make smarter choices. Most time management books are probably similar: "Follow these guidelines, rather than every other time management gim ...more
Omnia Alsayed
Oct 26, 2013 Omnia Alsayed rated it it was amazing
ستيفن كوفي .. هذا الرائع كعادته يعالج المشكلة من جذور الجذور .. أخذ هذا الكتاب وقتا طويلا مني على غير العادة لأنتهي من قراءته .. رغم أني قرأته قبلا .. لكن أكتشفت أني لم أفهم المنظومة كاملة وقتها .. أفضل خاتمة على الاطلاق .. وأفضل أتصال مع الروح .. ونهاية لا أظن أنك تحتاج بعدها أن تقرأ في أدبيات أدارة الوقت .. أن منهج ستيفن كوفي في كل كتبه .. الحديثة منها والمكتوبة قبل عشرين عام .. هو أفضل منهج معروف حتى الان .. الحياة وفقا للمباديء والعيش بالاتجاه نحو الشمال الحقيقي .. الربط بين قوة الضمير وجودة ...more
Nov 07, 2008 Mtbike40 rated it it was amazing
I first read this book in about 1990 and the content is as relevant today as it was back then. I learned so much from this book that has served me well for 19 years of professional work, and every time I reread a section it just reminds me how important if is to make sure you are doing first things first.

I feel that Covey has a great mind when it comes to achieving your personal best, and this book puts the rubber to the road. The materials in this book about setting goals, translating your goal
May 18, 2013 JP rated it really liked it
A deeper reflection on one of the 7 Habits, this book develops the "4th generation" of time management. Such skill involves knowing inherently one's value and then creating quadrant II space to achieve what is most important. The Laws of Life, such as the principle of the Farm and emotional bank accounts must be considered. The book frequently challenges the paradigm that busy = success and instead replaces it with the value of the compass over the clock, i.e. why scramble in the wrong direction ...more
 سعيد الوائلي Said Alwaili
بأختصار بسيط، هذا الكتاب أحد أفضل الكتب التي قرأتها في حياتي بدون شك. إذا كان هناك بعض الكتب القادرة على تغيير حياة الإنسان، فلا يوجد شك أن هذا الكتاب أحد الكتب. قرأت الكتاب باللغة العربية عن طريق ترجمة د. السيد المتولي. الكتاب يقدم عرض مفصل في ما يخص إدارة الوقت، وينظر إلي الماضي ويشرح الأساليب القديمة المستخدمة في الإدارة.

أنصح بقراءة الكتاب لكل من يرغب في ضبط وإدارة الوقت في حياته.

تعلمت من الكتاب أن عملية السيطرة على الحياة مستحيلة، ولا يمكن لأي شخص أن يسيطر على كافة الأمور في حياته، وإنما ع
Jan 14, 2011 Ahmad rated it really liked it
First Things First from a different perspective. While we are stuck with 'efficiency' and managing the stream of Quadrant III (Not urgent and not important) things that is coming at us each and every day, this books encourages us to focus on those Quadrant II things (Important but not urgent) that we seem to be neglecting.

To live, to love, to learn, and to leave a legacy. The book focuses on planning your week with these roles and human endowments in mind. Fulfilling these needs requires a caref
Amr Sharaf
Dec 27, 2013 Amr Sharaf rated it liked it
One of the things I learnt from this book is that it's very dangerous to do things right! instead we have to focus on doing the right things! Classical time management approaches work towards increasing the efficiency (i.e. getting more things done in less amount of time), however, it turns out that increasing effectiveness in the thing that matters the most! The book defines new techniques and rules for improving the time management skills showing that the compass is much more important than th ...more
Haneen Najeh
Aug 07, 2014 Haneen Najeh rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
"Why often our first things aren't the first in our lives??? "

A question really needs to be answered; do we really know what is the thing that we want to be first in our lives?

This book is my fourth reading for Stephen R Covey. A new information, a new experience but always the same joy you find in Covey's books.

In this book Stephen R Covey hasn't just distinguished between the leadership and the management but he also showed the reader which should come first by asking " am I doing the right
Oct 17, 2015 Bunny marked it as no-way-no-how
This isn't a book. It's a chew toy. Kinley will get it once I can stop pretending to read it for book club at work.

This is ridiculously stupid, and I keep trying to change the subject during the 45 minutes a week my coworkers and I meet to discuss this crap.

Oct 18, 2015 Jim rated it it was ok
Oh dear. The frustrating thing about this book is that it has some really good ideas, but they're spun out so far with hoopla and dross you lose the point, not to mention the will to live.

Anything worth saying here was said in the earlier Quadrant II Time Management, and I advise you to track down a copy of that if you can. This book is an attempt to cash in with Covey as the author and the branding of all the other 7 Habits books. Unfortunately by the time he sticks in his revival tent philosop
Kaat V
Nov 22, 2014 Kaat V rated it it was amazing
Dit boek heeft een behoorlijke invloed op mijn leven. Een samenvatting geven is moeilijk. Onderaan post ik een link waar je al een behoorlijke samenvatting kan vinden.
Uitgangspunt is dat het niet uitmaakt hoe efficiënt je bent, maar wel of je met wat je in je leven (ruimer dan werk) doet, de koers bewandelt die je in je leven wil bewandelen. Hij legt dan ook steevast de nadruk om je tijd te besteden aan wat belangrijk is en niet aan wat urgent (on-)belangrijk is. Veel mensen zijn verslaafd aan
Snur  Ahmed
Jun 26, 2016 Snur Ahmed rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-helping
An insightful book about management of time and priority, He perfectly discuss the subject of management through the four quadrant, which are:
1)important, urgent
2)important, not urgent
3)urgent, not important
4)not urgent, not important
so before getting engage in any action we should all review the urgency and the importance of it so that we don't spend too much of our energy and time .
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Stephen Richards Covey was the author of the best-selling book, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People". Other books he wrote include "First Things First", "Principle-Centered Leadership", and "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families". In 2004, Covey released "The 8th Habit". In 2008, Covey released "The Leader In Me—How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One ...more
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